Introduction to Athens, Georgia

Athens, located in northeastern Georgia about an hour east of Atlanta, is the home of the University of Georgia and is the fourth-largest city in the state. Started as a trading settlement called Cedar Shoals in the 1700s, it was chosen in 1801 as the site of Georgia's first state college and renamed Athens after the city in Greece. Much of the city's economy and culture is based on the university. Today, Athens is home to more than 100,000 residents. It is one of the hippest small cities in America and one of the most progressive cities in the South.

Athens Culture

Athens has arts and cultural options rivaling those in cities many times its size. Its thriving music scene produced legendary bands like the B-52's and REM; today's rising stars can be seen the 40 Watt Club and the Georgia Theatre. AthFest presents more than a hundred bands on various stages over a weekend each June. Athens is also home to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, a a 313-acre preserve associated with the University of Georgia, that has several flower and herb gardens and five miles of nature trails. The Georgia Art Museum, with 9,000 feet of gallery space, provides one of the greatest collections in the South, including an impressive collection of Italian Renaissance paintings.

Athens Sports and Leisure

Athens is a hotbed of college sports passion, with the Georgia Bulldogs a perennial powerhouse in a variety of sports. During football season, 80,000-seat Sanford Stadium is packed for every game. For pro sports action, Atlanta offers a team in every major league. Baseball's Atlanta Braves play at 50,000-seat Turner Field, which has a built-in Braves Hall of Fame. The 71,000-seat Georgia Dome, southwest of downtown Atlanta, is home to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, as well as the annual SEC Championship and Peach Bowl. Philips Arena, situated just west of downtown Atlanta, hosts home games of the NBA's Hawks and the NHL's Thrashers. Atlanta Motor Speedway, located 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta, is one of the largest and oldest in the country. It hosts two NASCAR Busch and Nextel Cup races each year.

Athens Outdoors

For recreation, Athens provides unlimited outdoor pursuits in Georgia's rolling Piedmont region, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sandy Creek Park provides 782 acres of recreational areas and a 260-acre lake. It's a perfect spot for swimming, boating, fishing, camping and hiking. Sandy Creek Nature Center offers five miles of trails and several varieties of wildlife. Oconee Forest Park offers 60 acres of natural beauty, with hiking trails, a 1.2-mile mountain bike trail and a 15-acre lake.

Athens at Night

With a lively arts scene and one of the youngest populations (median age is 25 years) in the country, Athens offers an interesting nightlife. Plenty of coffee houses, bars and clubs are scattered across the city.

Athens Almanac

Nearest Large City59 miles E of Atlanta, Georgia
County Clarke County
Metro AreaAthens
Standard Zip Codes30601, 30605, 30606, 30607
P.O. Box Zip Codes30603, 30604, 30608, 30612
Company Zip Codes30602, 30609
Phone Area Codes706,762, 678, 770
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Athens Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance2.7 miles
Jan Temp33 to 51 F
Apr Temp49 to 73 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp51 to 73 F
Annual Precip47.8 inches
Distance11 miles
Jan Temp32 to 52 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 91 F
Oct Temp50 to 74 F
Annual Precip50 inches
Distance19.5 miles
Jan Temp31 to 50 F
Apr Temp45 to 72 F
Jul Temp67 to 88 F
Oct Temp49 to 71 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Athens Public Libraries

Athens Regional Library System
2025 BAXTER STREET ATHENS, GA 30606 (33.946107, -83.402754)
Athens, Georgia
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Athens Hospitals

Landmark Hospital Of Athens, Llc
775 Sunset Drive
Athens Regional Med Center
1199 Prince Avenue
St Marys Health Care System
1230 Baxter Street
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Athens Public Schools

Soar Academy
440 Dearing Ext
(706) 546-7721
Judia Jackson Harris Elementary
2300 Danielsville Rd
(706) 357-5203
Total Enrollment 527
South Jackson Elementary School
8144 Jefferson Rd
(706) 543-8798
Total Enrollment 546
Kings Bridge Middle School
1630 New Kings Bridge Rd
(706) 208-3552
Total Enrollment 385
Rutland Psychoeducational Program
Oglethorpe Ave
(706) 649-3030
Clarke Middle School
1235 Baxter St
(706) 543-6547
Total Enrollment 544
Timothy Elementary School
1900 Timothy Rd
(706) 549-0107
Total Enrollment 529
Whitehead Road Elementary School
500 Whitehead Rd
(706) 548-7296
Total Enrollment 688
Chase Street Elementary School
757 North Chase St
(706) 543-1081
Total Enrollment 412
Alps Road Elementary School
200 Alps Rd
(706) 548-2261
Total Enrollment 478
Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School
1150 Oglethorpe Ave
(706) 549-0762
Total Enrollment 600
Burney-harris-lyons Middle School
1600 Tallassee Rd
(706) 548-7208
Total Enrollment 602
Fowler Drive Elementary School
400 Fowler Dr
(706) 357-5330
Total Enrollment 381
Howard B. Stroud Elementary School
715 Fourth St
(706) 369-1893
Total Enrollment 374
Classic City High School
440 Dearing Ext
(706) 353-2323
Total Enrollment 107
Barnett Shoals Elementary School
3220 Barnett Shoals Rd
(706) 357-5334
Total Enrollment 510
Clarke Central High School
350 South Milledge Ave
(706) 357-5200
Total Enrollment 1473
Hilsman Middle School
870 Gaines School Rd
(706) 548-7281
Total Enrollment 662
Cedar Shoals High School
1300 Cedar Shoals Dr
(706) 546-5375
Total Enrollment 1482
Gaines Elementary School
280 Gaines School Rd
(706) 257-5338
Total Enrollment 588
Barrow Elementary School
100 Pinecrest Dr
(706) 543-2676
Total Enrollment 509
Coile Middle School
110 Old Elberton Rd
(706) 357-5318
Total Enrollment 634
Whit Davis Road Elementary School
1450 Whit Davis Rd
(706) 369-1036
Total Enrollment 610

Athens Private Schools

Athens Academy
1281 Spartan Ln
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 872
Athens Montessori School
3145 Barnett Shoals Rd
Total Enrollment 205
St Joseph Catholic School
134 Prince Ave
Total Enrollment 243
Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School
590 Lavender Rd
Total Enrollment 126
Waseca Learning Environment
295 Tallassee Rd
Total Enrollment 26
Athens Christian School
1270 Highway 29 N
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 765
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